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De Blasio decries Bloomberg for 'death bed conversion' on 'stop and frisk,' casting it as political expediency

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio questioned the timing of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to apologize for the New York Police Department's "stop and frisk" policy on the verge of a possible 2020 run.

Schumer says Trump should testify -- not tweet -- in impeachment investigation

Following public testimony from former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal says witness intimidation "could be" an article of impeachment.

Another red state lost. Another setback for the President.

A setback for President Trump in ruby red Louisiana, Amy Klobuchar's Iowa moment, the shifting impeachment timeline, Trump's reelection effort in the Pacific Northwest, and a potential GOP revolt in the Senate over Turkey. That and more in this week's Inside Politics forecast

Republican congressman calls new details about Trump revealed in impeachment testimony 'alarming'

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) and CNN's Jake Tapper discuss former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch's public testimony from the recent impeachment probe hearings into President Trump.

Why Republicans lost another deep-red state in Louisiana governor's election

Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards narrowly won reelection, CNN projects, beating out Republican challenger Eddie Rispone, who was backed by President Donald Trump.

Republicans could lose a second red state governor's election

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, is facing off against opponents from both political parties in a jungle gubernatorial primary, in which all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, run against each other. If Edwards can emerge with greater than 50% of the vote, he'll win reelection outright.

CNN's latest Iowa poll: Live analysis on Buttigieg surging to first place

Pete Buttigieg is the new Democratic front-runner in Iowa, according to a new CNN poll.

President Trump's medical exam was unscheduled, source said

President Donald Trump has arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to begin part of his annual physical exam. CNN's Jeremy Diamond and Dr. Sanjay Gupta have more.

Obama warns 2020 candidates about getting out of step with voters: Be 'rooted in reality'

Former President Barack Obama urges the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls to "pay some attention to where voters actually are," warning them about going so far on certain policies that they become out of step with voters.

Fact check: A list of 45 ways Trump has been dishonest about Ukraine and impeachment

CNN's Daniel Dale fact-checks what President Trump has said about his Ukraine dealings and impeachment.

Trump ignores Pentagon advice and intervenes in military war crimes cases

President Donald Trump ignored Pentagon advice and pardoned two service members, while also restoring the rank of a third after all faced war crimes allegations.

Senior OMB official Mark Sandy testifying on Capitol Hill in closed-door deposition in impeachment inquiry

David Holmes, the aide to Bill Taylor who overheard President Trump's conversation with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that President Zelensky would do "anything you ask him to," and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to "do the investigation." CNN's Manu Raju has the details.

Yovanovitch offers a stirring tribute to the foreign service -- and a warning about its future -- amid attacks

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) offers concluding remarks as former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch ends her testimony at the impeachment inquiry hearings for President Trump.

Trump associate Roger Stone found guilty of lies that protected Trump

A federal jury convicted Roger Stone of charges including lying to Congress and witness tampering

Former US ambassador to Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry she was 'shocked and devastated' after being removed from her post

After President Trump tweeted during the Friday's public hearing on impeachment, Adam Schiff called it "witness intimation in real time" by the President of the United States.

6 Trump associates have been convicted in Mueller-related investigations

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and other charges in a case that has shed new light on President Donald Trump's anticipation of the release of stolen Democratic emails in 2016.

READ: Devin Nunes' opening remarks at second public impeachment hearing

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes delivers his opening statement ahead of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch's testimony in the second public impeachment hearing into President Trump.

READ: Marie Yovanovitch's opening remarks at public impeachment hearing

Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies during the public impeachment hearing of President Trump and discusses her time in Ukraine.

'Someone who has never been hungry for the spotlight': Meet the ambassador at the center of the Ukraine controversy

CNN's Alex Marquardt looks at the events that led to President Donald Trump's ousting of the US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch for apparently thwarting his rogue foreign policy scheme.

Pelosi adds a new element -- bribery -- plus more impeachment inquiry news of the day

CNN's Erin Burnett explains why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's shift to accusing President Donald Trump of bribery is a significant move.

Nikki Haley: 'I do think we should always protect whistleblowers'

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that President Donald Trump was always truthful with her.

Exclusive: Trump DC hotel sales pitch boasts of millions to be made from foreign governments

The Trump Organization has put together a glossy investor brochure for the Trump International Hotel complete with pictures showcasing the hotel's grandiose architecture, central location and it's ability to capitalize on "government related business." CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Bill Clinton: Impeachment shouldn't stop Trump from working with Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton reacts to the shooting at Saugus High School in California and urged President Donald Trump and Congress to work together on solving gun violence.

Impeachment hearings air to a divided nation

CNN's Evan McMorris-Santoro watched the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump with voters in the swing-state Wisconsin.

Deval Patrick announces presidential campaign

Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is making a late-run for president in 2020

Erdoğan showed GOP senators 'surreal' propaganda video during WH meeting

During a White House meeting, Turkish President Erdogan shows Republican senators and President Donald Trump a propaganda video casting the Kurds in a negative light. CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Joe Johns have the details.

The Democratic field is a mess with Iowa just 81 days away

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes a top-spot in the 2020 democratic field in this week's 2020 rankings from CNN's Chris Cillizza.

Kellyanne Conway says 'nothing new' in impeachment hearing despite new revelations

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, argued that there was "nothing new" in the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry — despite the top US diplomat in Ukraine revealing a previously unknown conversation involving President Donald Trump. CNN's John King fact-checks Conway.

House committee subpoenas agency for Trump DC hotel documents

In its effort to sell off the lease to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the Trump Organization has put together an investor brochure. According to a copy of the brochure seen by CNN, the hotel's biggest selling point is the one thing that the Trump family insists it didn't take advantage of: profiting off foreign governments.

Ukraine accusations come to life in public hearings. Here's the latest in the impeachment inquiry

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee dissect the testimony from diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent.

AOC on impeachment hearings: Republicans must 'decide what their role is going to be in the scope of history'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) discusses the first public hearing in the House impeachment investigation against President Trump.

Donald Trump *definitely* didn't pay attention to the impeachment hearing

During a joint press conference with Turkish President Erdogan, President Trump was asked about top US diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor's testimony that an aide of his overheard a phone call between Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

GOP senators take tough line with Erdogan on Syria and Russia in White House meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was asked by a reporter, during a joint press conference with President Trump, about the letter Trump sent Erdogan urging him not to "be a fool" by invading parts of Syria.

After one day of TV hearings, the impeachment battle lines remain the same

The top US diplomat to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, addressed the House Intelligence Committee with a 40-minute opening statement and described an "irregular channel" of communication with Ukraine.

Most important takeaways from the first day of public impeachment hearings

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff and Republican Rep. Devin Nunes gave opening remarks at the public impeachment hearing on November 13. The difference in their statements illustrates each party's view of the impeachment inquiry.

Impeachment hearing testimony further connects President to Ukraine pressure

During the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, the top US diplomat to Ukraine Bill Taylor describes an "irregular channel" of US policy-making with Ukraine.

READ: Adam Schiff's opening statement in the impeachment hearing

Rep. Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, makes an opening statement during the public impeachment hearing into President Trump.

Pompeo downplays impeachment inquiry ahead of diplomats' public testimony

Former US ambassador to NATO Nicolas Burns tells CNN's Don Lemon what he expects to see from acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent when they testify at the impeachment hearings.

How the impeachment hearings will work

CNN's Jeff Zeleny explains how President Trump's July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky call led to historic public impeachment hearings.

Impeachment investigators slate open hearings for 8 more witnesses next week

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports on feuds growing in the White House on the eve of public impeachment hearings.

Leading the House impeachment inquiry is not where Adam Schiff expected to be

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined the House Intelligence Committee in 2008. Now he's leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. CNN's Gloria Borger reports on Schiff's political timeline.

New York Times: Trump floated firing intel watchdog who shared whistleblower complaint

The New York Times reports that President Donald Trump discussed firing intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson after Atkinson alerted Congress to a whistleblower complaint involving the Trump-Ukraine scandal.

Trump 2016 details hidden in Mueller report revealed in Roger Stone trial

Former deputy campaign chair Rick Gates testified that in mid-2016 then-candidate Trump took a phone call from his longtime associate Roger Stone, where the pair apparently discussed WikiLeaks' planned release of hacked Democratic emails.

Trump campaign reaction to 2016 WikiLeaks dump was 'a state of happiness,' former aide testifies

Roger Stone's judge turned down the prosecution's request to show a scene from Godfather II, concerning a text Stone sent to someone about to testify.

Exclusive: After private White House meeting, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was on a 'secret mission' for Trump, sources say

President Donald Trump has had at least 10 encounters with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the indicted associates of Rudy Giuliani the President has adamantly claimed not to know.

Is Pete Buttigieg peaking too soon?

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined the leaders of the Democratic race for president in Iowa, up 14 percentage points since August, according to a new Monmouth University poll of likely caucusgoers.

Michael Bloomberg visits Arkansas to file for state's Democratic presidential primary

Michael Bloomberg's track record includes starting Bloomberg LP and initiating some controversial policies while serving as Mayor of New York City.

Jimmy Carter recovering in hospital after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain

Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering at Emory University Hospital following surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from a subdural hematoma, The Carter Center said in a statement. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Supreme Court set to hear arguments on DACA

Nearly 800,000 immigrant kids who were once undocumented have been able to live in the U.S. without constant fear of deportation because of DACA. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich explains what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is.

How the impeachment hearings will work

As part of Congress' power to impeach, members can request documents, hold hearings and issue subpoenas. And when people refuse to comply, Congress has several options.

Jimmy Carter admitted to hospital for procedure to relieve pressure on his brain

Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta ahead of a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, the Carter Center announced in a statement posted to Twitter.

House Republicans lay out central defenses of Trump in memo ahead of public impeachment hearings

CNN has obtained a memo circulated by House Republicans outlining four main points they plan to use in defense of President Trump. CNN's John Berman reports.

Biden says helping those who are grieving gives him a sense of purpose

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says the experience of losing his first wife and two children that allows himself to help others deal with grief gives him a sense of purpose on the campaign trail.

Biden hits Warren's 'you do it my way' attitude and 3 other CNN town hall takeaways

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says that fellow Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren attacked him on the topic of "Medicare for All."

On Veterans Day, a reminder of a different cost of service: Why military spouses have a hard time getting hired

CNN's Brianna Keilar speaks with Kathy Roth-Douquet, the CEO and president of Blue Star Families, about why the employment rate among military spouses is so low.

Trump recognizes 'America's greatest living heroes' on Veterans Day

President Donald Trump spoke at the New York City Veterans Day Parade, with remarks focused on veterans and US history.

Giuliani's globetrotting complicates US foreign policy

Rudy Giuliani has met or communicated with top officials of seven nations since becoming President Trump's attorney, sometimes contradicting official US policy and causing concern at the State Department. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

Joe Biden fights two-front war with Trump and Democratic rivals

CNN's Dana Bash joins former Vice President Joe Biden on the campaign trail as he makes his case to primary voters.

Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announces retirement

Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announces he will not seek another term in office, becoming the latest in a growing list of Republicans who are not seeking reelection in 2020.

The biggest week yet in the House impeachment investigation is here

CNN's Ana Cabrera lays out key facts surrounding the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Four takeaways from Tom Steyer's CNN town hall

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer emphatically explained his support for a wealth tax and why Michael Bloomberg would also need to if he were to run for president.

Klobuchar: Female 2020 candidates with Buttigieg's experience would not reach debates due to 'different standard'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar reacts to the latest on the impeachment inquiry and the qualifications of her fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

The truly frightening thing about Nikki Haley's big revelation

Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley revealed in her forthcoming memoir that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly attempted to recruit her to undermine President Donald Trump in an effort to "save the country," according to The Washington Post.

Republicans push diversions and distractions ahead of this week's televised impeachment hearings

During an interview on Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that the impeachment inquiry would be a "complete joke" without hearing testimonies from Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower.

'You have to earn votes and not buy them': Some 2020 Dems wary of Michael Bloomberg's potential bid

During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar reacts to the news that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is possibly entering the 2020 race.

Graham: Impeachment inquiry is 'invalid' without whistleblower's testimony

Coherence is not particularly evident in Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham's position on House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

'You have to earn votes and not buy them': Some 2020 Dems wary of Michael Bloomberg's potential bid

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar questions former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's motivation for entering the presidential race, if "his whole purpose is to say the rest of the field isn't good enough."

Is a government shutdown on the horizon?

A looming government shutdown on the horizon, the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on DACA, tensions within the Democratic primary, legal options for the Ukraine whistleblower, and the main takeaways for President Trump from last week's election. That and more in this week's Inside Politics forecast.

'Baby Trump' balloon slashed and deflated after drawing protesters ahead of Alabama-LSU football game

After being transported to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where President Trump was attending the LSU- Alabama football game, the "Baby Trump" balloon has been slashed -- and as a result, deflated.

Trump receives loud cheers, positive chants at Alabama-LSU football game

President Donald Trump was greeted by applause at the LSU-Alabama SEC football game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Cindy McCain: John would be 'disgusted'

Cindy McCain, wife of the late Sen. John McCain, tells CNN's David Axelrod how she thinks her husband would feel about the Republican party's current state as it relates to President Donald Trump.

Trump is making an appearance at his third major sporting event in two weeks

President Donald Trump is set to attend a major college football game between the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University, marking his third time attending a major sporting event in two weeks.

Elizabeth Warren responds to 'angry' charge: 'I am angry and I own it'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in a fundraising email for her presidential campaign, addressed the innuendo stoked by former Vice President Joe Biden and others who have cast her as an elitist ideologue.

What 2,677 pages of testimony reveal about Trump's Ukraine scandal

In this weekend edition of The Point, Chris Cillizza and CNN national security reporter Kylie Atwood discuss the House Intelligence Committee's release of transcripts from the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Does Bolton have a bombshell, and other impeachment news

CNN's legal analysts, Shan Wu and Elie Honig, join The Lead.

Trump says White House will release transcript of another call with Ukraine 'probably' Tuesday

Testimony from former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill and National Security Council Ukraine expert Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman provide new information about the Ukraine phone call, including claims that White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney coordinated a quid pro quo linking US aid to Ukraine to an investigation into Trump's political rival.

This is the end of the beginning on impeachment

President Donald Trump says he's not concerned about depositions from current and former administration officials in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. CNN's Joe Johns reports on the President's comments to reporters before departing to Atlanta.

Trump, Sessions, Bloomberg: Alabama takes political center stage

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, after saying in March that he wouldn't run for president, is backtracking and preparing a potential run for a 2020 bid, a spokesman for the billionaire tells CNN.

Paula White: Trump's televangelist in the White House

President Trump's controversial spiritual adviser Paula White joins the White House staff to lead the Faith and Opportunity Initiative. CNN's Jeremy Diamond reports.

Buttigieg says Trump 'doesn't respect his own presidency'

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg tells CNN's Chris Cuomo he does not respect President Donald Trump because he doesn't respect the presidency or himself.

Trump announces rule requiring hospitals to reveal rates

CNN's Jake Tapper, in partnership with, looks at claims made by President Trump about impeachment, China, healthcare and more at a rally in Louisiana.

Chad Wolf is the new acting Homeland Security secretary

President Donald Trump appeared to name Chad Wolf, an official at the Department of Homeland Security, as the agency's acting secretary, three weeks after Kevin McAleenan submitted his resignation to the White House.

Quick timeline of Trump-Ukraine events that led to impeachment hearings

CNN reporters tell you everything you need to know about the impeachment inquiry, from how it began to how it could end.

Impeachment has stagnated in the polls. That happened with Nixon, too.

Newly released transcripts of testimony given by key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry reveal details of the case against President Trump.

Stephen Miller privately promoted stories from white nationalist and fringe media organizations

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has a history of fighting to tighten immigration policy, and he has President Trump's attention. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

Washington Post: Nikki Haley says top Trump aides tried to recruit her to undermine President

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said she has used President Trump's "unpredictable" behavior to her advantage.

CNN host was set to interview Ukrainian President until scandal took shape

According to the New York Times, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky was set to comply with Trump's demand to investigate Hunter Biden. Zelensky has publicly said he would never order a politicized prosecution. CNN's Fareed Zakaria reacts to the news that the initial announcement was allegedly supposed to be on his show.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions praises Trump in announcing run for his old US Senate seat

From his work as an Alabama attorney to his time as President Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions has had a long career filled with controversy.

Michael Bloomberg expected to file for Alabama 2020 presidential primary

Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman, will file for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama, a Bloomberg spokesman told CNN.

Pence dismisses 'Anonymous' book claim that senior officials believed VP would back 25th Amendment push

Vice President Mike Pence says he never heard any discussion about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. Pence's comments come in response to a forthcoming account by the "Anonymous" administration official who says Pence was perceived to support such a move, a source close to the book process confirms to CNN's Jake Tapper.

Why Joe Biden's attack on Elizabeth Warren as an elitist matters

A new Quinnipiac University poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa shows Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttgieg, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden make up a tight top tier in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Donald Trump to pay $2 million to settle New York Attorney General civil lawsuit against Trump Foundation and his children

The Trump Foundation is shutting down, but a lawsuit is ongoing, accusing President Trump and his three eldest children of not operating the charity as a charity at all. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

'It didn't have to end with a bowl': Democrat beats GOP incumbent to win seat she lost in 2017 after tie-breaking pick

When Democrat delegate-elect Shelly Simonds ran in the 2017 Virginia election, the tie between her and her opponent was broken by pulling a name out of a bowl, making him the winner. This year, she ran again and won by a landslide.

Elizabeth Warren slams US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE after CNN report

The distinctive shape of a US-made Oshkosh armored vehicle stands out in the early morning darkness at the Yemeni port of Aden, a piece of military hardware that is currently at the heart of a standoff between some American lawmakers and President Donald Trump's administration. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

Trump asked for Barr to host news conference clearing him on Ukraine

President Donald Trump asked that Attorney General William Barr hold a news conference clearing him of legal wrongdoing with regard to his phone call pressuring the Ukrainian President to investigate Democrats -- but Barr refused, The Washington Post reported.

Jane Fonda: The sooner Trump leaves office, the better for the environment

Actress Jane Fonda weighs in on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Cyclist who flipped off Trump motorcade wins local office in Virginia

The female cyclist, Juli Briskman, who lost her job after she flipped off President Donald Trump's motorcade in 2017 unseated the Republican incumbent in a local election in Northern Virginia.

Jane Fonda: The sooner Trump leaves office, the better for the environment

CNN's Don Lemon speaks with actress Jane Fonda who says civil disobedience is the "new normal" in order to enact change for the climate crisis.

Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry while also issuing a rebuke, and potentially a new talking point, that the Trump administration was too inept to carry out a quid pro quo in regard to Ukraine foreign policy.

Esper to urge Trump not to intervene in cases of service members facing war crimes allegations

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper will urge President Donald Trump not to dismiss or change the sentences of service members facing war crimes allegations. CNN's Barbara Starr has more.

Trump's White House braces for public hearings

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that public impeachment hearings will begin next week with three public witness testimonies, as Democrats prepare to take their case against President Donald Trump to the public.

Virginia governor says he will reintroduce gun control measures after Dems take over state government

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tells CNN's John Berman that he plans to bring gun reform to the newly elected Democrat-majority state legislature .

Trump backers say he isn't the one dividing the country

CNN's Alisyn Camerota speaks with female voters in swing districts of Pennsylvania about what impact the impeachment inquiry has on their opinion of President Donald Trump.

Democrat poised to win Kentucky governor's race

Kentucky's Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear claims victory in gubernatorial race over incumbent Matt Bevin, a Republican backed by Trump.

Democrats will control Virginia government for the first time in more than two decades

Democrats won majorities in Virginia's House and Senate, giving the party full control of the state's government for the first time in more than two decades.

Salt Lake City could make history by electing its first Latina mayor

Luz Escamilla is running for mayor of Salt Lake City. If elected, she would be the first Latina to hold that office.

Trump's impeachment defense splintered by new revelations

A top US diplomat, Gordon Sondland, revised his testimony to impeachment investigators to admit a quid pro quo linking US aid to Ukraine with an investigation into President Donald Trump's political rival. CNN's Alex Marquardt reports.

Before his execution, a death row inmate told his victim's family he forgives them

In a press conference with CNN affiliate KSFY, a reporter reads executed death row inmate Charles Rhines' last words. Rhines was convicted of murder in the brutal stabbing of a 22-year-old man in 1992.

Inside the room: Transcripts show Republicans are anything but sidelined in impeachment inquiry

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reacts to the release of excerpts of transcripts of closed-door testimony with former US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland to House Democrats.

Inside the room: Transcripts show Republicans are anything but sidelined in impeachment inquiry

House Democrats released excerpts of the transcripts of their closed-door depositions with former US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker and US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.

Can Donald Trump save Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin?

Kentucky Republicans hope that President Trump's popularity in the state can carry GOP incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin, who is widely seen as unpopular, to reelection over his Democratic challenger Andy Beshear. CNN's Evan McMorris-Santoro reports.

What Donald Trump and Rand Paul get totally wrong about whistleblowers

CNN's John Berman and Alisyn Camerota fire back after Republican Sen. Rand Paul urges the media to disclose the identity of the whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Texas governor orders cleanups of Austin homeless encampments after the city relaxed its laws

Texas Governor Greg Abbott's push to demolish encampments of homeless residents in the city of Austin has sparked a political debate in the state. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Ex-Pompeo adviser contradicts former boss in impeachment inquiry testimony

Former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Michael McKinley, directly contradicted public comments made by the top US diplomat when he testified under oath as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Impeachment bombshells highlight Trump's power grabs

CNN's Daniel Dale fact-checks President Trump's defense of his phone call with Ukraine in which his arguments are contradictory.

11 wild new details revealed in the impeachment transcripts

The committees leading the House impeachment inquiry made public the closed-door deposition transcripts of former US Ambassdor to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and former State Department adviser Michael McKinley. CNN's Alex Marquardt reports.

Key races to watch Tuesday in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia

Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky all have elections this year where the governorship or state legislature is up for grabs.

We're now closer than ever to seeing Donald Trump's taxes

President Donald Trump lost an appeal to keep his tax returns from a Manhattan grand jury, setting up a potential Supreme Court challenge.

Impeachment deposition: Pompeo and other State leaders ignored pleas to help ambassador amid Giuliani campaign

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in private before House investigators on October 11. According to the transcript of her testimony, Yovanovitch said she was "shocked" and "apprehensive" when she learned that Trump privately told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that she was "going to go through some things."

Ex-Pompeo adviser tells lawmakers State's top Eurasia official felt 'bullied' by department

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced the release of transcripts from testimonies of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and former State Department adviser Michael McKinley.

All four White House officials scheduled for House inquiry depositions Monday won't testify

White House officials John Eisenberg, Michael Ellis, Robert Blair and Brian McCormack were scheduled to give depositions during the House's impeachment inquiry. CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jennifer Rodgers explain what their refusals to testify mean for the investigation into President Donald Trump.

Adoring fans and raising a child with autism: Andrew and Evelyn Yang share what's behind his unlikely run

In her first television interview, Evelyn Yang said her husband, presidential candidate Andrew Yang, came to her soon after the 2016 presidential election saying that he wanted to run for president, but she thought it was a phase.

Buttigieg on his sexuality and black voters: Americans capable of 'moving past old prejudices'

During an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) suggested older African-American voters have an issue with Mayor Pete Buttigieg's sexuality. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor responded, telling CNN's John Berman he's confident his policies will surpass generational beliefs.

New polls show Trump would face competitive races with Biden, Sanders, Warren in battleground states

President Donald Trump is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in six battleground states in potential 2020 matchups, but is slightly ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the same states, according to new polling data. CNN's Harry Enten takes a closer look.

All four White House officials scheduled for House inquiry depositions Monday won't testify

CNN legal analyst Elie Honig says he believes Congress has the legal ability to force executive branch officials to testify in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

Adoring fans and raising a child with autism: Andrew and Evelyn Yang share what's behind his unlikely run

Dana Bash sits down with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and his wife Evelyn for their first joint interview.

Kellyanne Conway says 'I don't know' if Trump held up Ukraine military aid

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway could not definitively say to CNN's Dana Bash whether or not there was a quid pro quo involving President Donald Trump and military aid to Ukraine, saying "I don't know whether aid was being held up and for how long."

Trump preps to welcome some of the Washington Nationals to the White House

The Washington Nationals head to the White House, the reasons behind ex-Rep. Katie Hill's resignation, and why the second-tier presidential candidates could be kingmakers in Iowa. That and more in this week's Inside Politics forecast.

Yang supports 'Medicare for All' label but would keep private insurance option

Businessman Andrew Yang said he supports "Medicare for All" but would keep the option of private insurance. CNN's Dana Bash speaks with Yang on the specifics of his plan during the first joint interview with his wife Evelyn.

Mueller interview notes obtained by CNN show Trump's push for stolen emails

President Donald Trump and other top 2016 Trump campaign officials repeatedly privately discussed how the campaign could get access to stolen Democratic emails WikiLeaks had in 2016, according to newly released interview notes from Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

Trump met with loud boos, some cheers at UFC fight in New York

President Donald Trump was met with loud, sustained boos and some cheers as he entered Madison Square Garden for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in New York.

Fact check: Trump lies about CNN at Mississippi rally

President Donald Trump touted several false claims during a GOP rally in Mississippi, including an attack on the media before insisting CNN turned off the live feed. CNN's Daniel Dale fact-checks the President's false claims.

Washington Post: Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle declines White House visit saying he 'just can't do it'

Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle told the Washington Post he will not join his teammates when they visit the White House commemorating their World Series win. CNN's Coy Wire has the details.

Buttigieg releases plan to aid people with disabilities ahead of Iowa forum

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg aims to capture some of the same magic that rocketed Barack Obama into the national spotlight in Iowa back in 2007. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.

Split-screen moment as Trump rallies in Mississippi and Democrats fight to oust him in Iowa

Ninety-four days from the Iowa caucuses, the Democratic presidential contenders each got 12 minutes to try to impress likely voters on the state party's biggest night of the year at the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration.

Kamala Harris closes campaign offices and fires staff in New Hampshire

CNN's Kyung Lah takes a look at Sen. Kamala Harris' political career.

Beto O'Rourke ends 2020 presidential bid

Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke addresses supporters after announcing he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.

Donald Trump wants to read the Ukraine call transcript to the country. That's a terrible idea

President Donald Trump says he wants to read the Ukraine call transcript to the country in a 'fireside chat,' a method of communication first popularized by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Beto O'Rourke ends 2020 presidential bid

Beto O'Rourke is ending his 2020 presidential bid, saying his campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully.

Elizabeth Warren releases plan to fund Medicare for All, pledges no middle class tax hike

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has released the financial plan behind her Medicare for All campaign promise.

Videos show indicted Giuliani associate standing behind Trump at 2018 rally

At a 2018 rally for President Trump, a now-familiar man is seen on the riser behind Trump. He's later seen waving to the President as he walks by him.

Trump ditches New York to become a Florida resident, court documents show

CNN's Cristina Alesci reports on how much President Trump's frequent trips to Mar-A-Lago cost taxpayers.

Americans split again on impeachment, according to new poll

CNN's Jim Acosta reports on how the White House and members of President Trump's family are responding to the House-led impeachment inquiry.

White House ramps up Senate outreach after House Republicans stick together on impeachment inquiry vote

As the impeachment inquiry swirls around President Donald Trump and spotlights his phone call with the Ukrainian president, CNN's Brian Todd takes a look at how White House phone calls with foreign leaders normally play out.

We now know exactly how Donald Trump is going to try to get reelected

President Donald Trump's reelection campaign ran a political ad during Game 7 of the World Series, one year before voters head to the polls.

The most important number from today's House impeachment vote

As the impeachment process advances, CNN's Jeffery Toobin explains the possible scenarios and how it could affect the 2020 election.

House votes to formalize impeachment inquiry procedures

As the impeachment process advances, congressional scholar Norman Ornstein says the political tribalism we've seen is 'likely to get more ugly.'

2020 rankings: The struggle is real for Joe Biden

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has Midwestern appeal and millions more than Joe Biden in campaign funds.

Katie Hill 'leaving now because of a double standard,' she says in final House floor remarks

Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) gives her farewell speech on the House floor.

House votes to formalize impeachment inquiry procedures

CNN's Dana Bash reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voted on the resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and explains the significance of that act.

Impeachment deposition: NSC official testifies he was told to steer clear of Giuliani

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor before the House vote on a resolution to formalize impeachment proceedings, marking a significant step in the ongoing inquiry into President Trump.

Back-to-back court hearings could set tone for impeachment inquiry

CNN's Erin Burnett points out key details from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindmand's testimony and lays out the importance of the upcoming testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton, who was invited to testify behind closed doors by Democratic House impeachment investigators.

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Green Beret who fought in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams, the second recipient to receive the distinction for his efforts in the Battle of Shok Valley in Afghanistan.

'It has been too long': Gold Star spouse urges Congress to repeal 'widow's tax'

Senator Doug Jones and Gold Star widow Kristen Fenty join The Lead.

'Not qualified' rating and accusation from American Bar Association moves Trump nominee to tears

Federal appeals court nominee Lawrence VanDyke broke down in tears during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, reacting to a scathing letter against his confirmation by the American Bar Association after it conducted 60 interviews and concluded that he was "not qualified."

Pentagon releases first images from raid that killed ISIS leader

The Pentagon has released images of the two-hour nighttime raid against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria.

Impeachment investigators invite John Bolton to testify

CNN's Jake Tapper talks to a panel about John Bolton possibly testifying behind closed doors.

Mother of 737 MAX crash victim confronts Boeing CEO after hearing and tells him to quit

Rep. Steve Cohen (D- TN) grills Boeing CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, about his plans to hold himself accountable for the two Boeing plane crashes that caused 346 passenger deaths.

Trump's Ukraine dishonesty barrage continues. He made 96 false claims last week

CNN's John Avlon breaks down the attacks made by President Donald Trump's allies against those who are willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry into the President.

Trump caters fast food for Clemson Tigers

President Trump said he is personally paying for the meals provided to Clemson for their White House visit due to the government shutdown. Trump told reporters that he is serving "McDonalds, Wendy's and Burger King with some pizza."

Trump has a record of deference to Russia

CNN's Brian Todd explores President Donald Trump's relationship with Russia after a New York Times report revealed the FBI previously opened an inquiry into whether or not the president was benefitting Russia in some way.

Trump: Keep immigrants who work the farms

During a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation, President Donald Trump said that we need to build the wall to "keep the wrong ones" out, but Trump says he will make it easier for migrants who help farmers to become citizens.

Barr: Vitally important Mueller finishes investigation

Attorney general nominee William Barr says he would allow special counsel Robert Mueller to finish his report, and that the public and Congress would be allowed to see the results.

Barr: Mueller is not on a witch hunt

Attorney general nominee William Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he does not believe special counsel Robert Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt.

Barr: US needs a barrier system at the border

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) asked President Trump's nominee for attorney general Bill Barr if he felt that a border wall would help America's drug problems.

Democrats decline White House meeting on shutdown

The White House sent invitations to a bipartisan group of lawmakers for a meeting aimed at finding a solution to ending the government shutdown -- now in its 25th day as the longest in US history -- but no Democrats are expected to attend. CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports.

Court filing backs claim Manafort lied to investigators

In a heavily redacted court filing, special counsel Robert Mueller revealed factual evidence to back the accusation that Paul Manafort lied to investigators about his communication with his longtime Russian associate Konstantin Kilimnik when he was supposed to be cooperating.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand enters 2020 presidential race

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entered the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday, telling Stephen Colbert that she was forming an exploratory committee just days before she heads to the critical state of Iowa. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

Why Steve King's spin on his 'white supremacist' comments just doesn't work

In the wake of his House Republican colleagues stripping Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King's committee assignm...

Alleged blacklister 'Vino Vixen' out at State

Mari Stull, the wine blogger lobbyist turned Trump administration appointee who is under investigation for a...

Judge denies requests for pay from workers affected by shutdown

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request from a federal employees union to require the government to pay ...

The political life of 'Hamilton' star in Chicago

The star of Chicago's production of "Hamilton," Miguel Cervantes, said he was "ignorant to any sort of racis...

Former Pepsi CEO tops White House shortlist for World Bank

Trump administration officials, including the President's daughter Ivanka Trump, will begin interviewing can...

Karen Pence painting a new second lady role

Karen Pence is adding a little color to her life; the second lady returned to the classroom as an art teache...

Whitaker agrees to testify before House Judiciary Committee

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee early next ...

DC craft brewery sues, says shutdown may hurt new beer sales

A Washington, DC-based craft brewery sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over the ongoing shutdown it s...

Democrats decline White House meeting on shutdown: 'It's kind of a mess'

The White House sent invitations to a bipartisan group of lawmakers for a meeting Tuesday afternoon aimed at...

2020 prospects Booker, Harris, Klobuchar grill Trump's AG nominee in Senate confirmation hearing

Three potential 2020 presidential candidates went on the attack against President Donald Trump -- and previe...

House votes to reject white supremacy after Steve King's comments

The House of Representatives, by a vote of 424 to 1, approved Tuesday a resolution rejecting white supremacy...

Read: Mueller filing on Manafort, Kilimnik

A 31-page filing from special counsel Robert Mueller Tuesday gives an ...

North Carolina 9th District election dispute grinds through courts

A Superior Court judge in North Carolina has set a hearing in a lawsuit filed by Republican candidate Mark H...

Trump AG nominee William Barr: 'I will not be bullied'

President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, repeatedly sought to reassure senators Tues...

IRS orders 36,000 furloughed employees to return to work without pay

The Internal Revenue Service is bringing back tens of thousands of additional federal employees with less th...

Senate Republicans break with Trump on Russia sanctions

In a rebuke to the Trump administration on Russia, 11 Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to advance a ...

Dem Rep. Delgado: Trump's wall 'antiquated solution to border security'

Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado has smashed...

DNC no longer listed as partner for 2019 edition of Women's March

The Democratic National Committee appears to have pulled out from partnering with the organizers of the Wome...

White non-college Americans move away from Trump during shutdown

During the longest government shutdown in US history, President Donald Trump has been losing support among t...

What the Brexit failure reveals about our current morass

On Tuesday night, British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to usher her country out of the European Union -...

Interior brings back employees during shutdown to work on oil-drilling land sales

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is bringing back employees who were furloughed to work on sales of lan...

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